IOM’s 3rd Global Migration Film Festival began on 28 November and ended on International Migrants Day – 18th December. Over 40 films were officially selected from nearly 800 entries and screened worldwide. 

A committee of international professionals determined the Official Selection across two categories as follows:

  • Full-length features: filmmakers working in all genres were invited to submit films that address festival themes, with a total running time exceeding 41 minutes.
  • Short Films: filmmakers working in all genres were invited to submit films that address festival themes, with a total running time of up to 40 minutes. 
Official Selection

Feature Films

Short Films


Feature Film Category

  • David Hands
    With a career spanning 29 years, David Hands is a director of photography, producer and editor of documentaries and short fiction films. He is a partner in the Cyprus-based production company Crewhouse Media, a parttime lecturer on “Documentary Production” at the University of Nicosia, a training consultant for the Thomson Foundation, and the Artistic Director of the Children and Youth Section of the Cyprus Film Days Festival.
  • Idil Ibrahim
    Idil Ibrahim is an award-winning Somali- American filmmaker. Idil’s films have screened at top international events like the Toronto International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel in Paris, and Sundance Film Festival, among others. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Idil’s work has taken her around the world and across several African countries in particular. She is passionate about human rights, humanitarian issues and global education. She was a recipient of the prestigious 92Y’s Extraordinary Women Award in 2017, and was selected as one of OkayAfrica’s “100 Women” in 2018. Idil also served as an International Jury Member for the 2018 Plural Plus Global Youth Video Festival.
  • Florence Kim 
    Florence Kim has led IOM's #IAmAMigrant perception change campaign since its launch in 2015. In an effort to highlight the work done in support of migrants, she has collected hundreds of personal testimonies from migrants around the world. After obtaining a PhD in International Law and working as a freelance journalist for ELLE magazine and newspapers, she is now based in Senegal where she is in charge of communications and media relations IOM’s Regional Office in West and Central Africa.

Short Film Category

  • Luca Lamorte
    As the UN Migration Agency’s Social Media Officer, Luca Lamorte oversees the Organization’s global digital strategy. Raised in Italy, Luca has a PhD in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been a movie addict for as long as he can remember and won several awards in his early twenties as a director, before pursuing a career as a civil servant.
  • Jacqueline Coté
    Jacqueline Coté is the Director of Public Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Daughter of an NFB documentary film director and producer she was the world’s youngest film director with her animation film “Smarties” produced at the age of 6.  In 2013 she launched CINE@IHEID at the Institute, screening a dozen films followed by panels each year on global topics. After 20 years as an international corporate lawyer Jacqueline worked for business associations ICC (Paris) and the WBCSD, representing the views of companies at the UN, before joining the Institute in 2009.
  • Felipe Fittipaldi
    Felipe Fittipaldi is a Brazilian visual storyteller based in Rio de Janeiro. He recently completed his award-winning Lens Culture photo essay Backlands Sertão, which reflects on the current youth exodus and modernization of Brazil’s semi-arid country side. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication and image. His work has been shown in multiple exhibitions around the world, and he placed first in the 2017 Life Framer photography awards. Felipe also received the Lens Culture Emerging Talents Award for emerging photographers in 2017 and was selected by the World Press Photo Foundation for the second edition of the 6x6 Global Talent Program in 2018.